What Can You Do on a Mission Trip

Going on a mission trip can be an experience you will never forget. You are going to less fortunate areas to provide help and the love of God. Along with the opportunities to spread the word of God, mission trips can include humanitarian projects also.

Construction:

Countries hit by natural disasters or lack financial aid could have construction projects that consist of renovations, rebuilding, or starting from the ground up. The mission trip typically helps to build new schools, churches, orphanages, and homes in less fortunate areas. If you are able-bodied, you do not need extensive previous knowledge or experience with building or construction.

Teaching/Child Care:

You could be teaching in a school, church, or orphanage. There could possibly be a language barrier and you would need to pick up on language norms of the area you are residing. You could be teaching students, teachers, or townspeople. Teaching can help children grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Typically qualified or experience school teachers are meant for this role but if you have a passion for it, there should be no stopping you. You can also provide child care in certain locations. Child care does not require a qualification to spend time with people in need.

Medical:

If you are a doctor, nurse, or student in related fields of study, then you might want to consider a medical mission trip. This helps with practical experience, practice medical skills, and most importantly make a difference in someone’s life. You can bring medical relief to communities in need and lack the basic services in healthcare. Whether you are performing basic check-ups or shots, every moment helps.

Conservation:

If you love wildlife, nature, and ecotourism. a conservation mission trip may be the one for you. Helping the locals preserve beaches, rainforests, or mountains could be your next calling. Traveling abroad to exotic locations to help protect and help rehabilitate endangered species worldwide. You will be protecting natural habitats of wildlife and sometimes specific animal conservation projects.

The main difference between these trips just being thought of as humanitarian work, is that during them the members are spreading the word of God. The projects are a great thing to do but the participants will focus on promoting the Gospel of Jesus during mission trips.

 

Where Should Your Next Mission Trip Be To?

A mission trip gives Christians a chance to make a difference in the communities around them and beyond. Going to countries that are in need, to help and share God’s love is the main goal of a mission trip. There are many places around the world that need the help of mission work, whether it be in Latin America or in your own backyard.

Central America

Central America has many countries that could use the help of missionaries. The wet season here causes floods and hurricanes that destroy many homes. This creates a need for building and restoration projects. Also, missionaries often visit the many orphanages to spend time sharing the gospel with the kids.

Haiti

Haiti is a small, tropical country with rising poverty rates and a large number of orphaned children. Haiti has had its fair share of natural disasters. It has suffered cyclones, hurricanes, tropical storms, torrential rains, floods, and earthquakes. All these disasters either end in uninhabitable cities, injuries, or even deaths of many people. There is a strong need for food, water, healthcare, education, and building projects. There are many companies providing help. One company, Healing Haiti, sends people on mission trips to improve the lives of the people living in these disaster-stricken areas.   

Countries Where Christianity Is Not the Primary Religion

There are some countries that don’t consider Christianity a primary religion. No matter what religion the country is known for, there is still a need for mission work. The mission trip could simply be to have bible studies with orphans and spread the love of God. There are areas in Africa, India, and China that could benefit from a mission trip. The purpose of a mission trip is to create a life-changing experience for the community, no matter what the community believes in.

Your Home Country

A helping-hand doesn’t have to go across the world to make a change. There are plenty of projects that can be done around you and are just as rewarding as going around the globe. Participate in a project by building or repairing a house for someone who can’t afford it or who physically cannot do it themselves. This can still spread God’s love even if it doesn’t seem like it’s going very far. In the end, every bit helps.

 

If you want to read more about why you should take a mission trip, check out Glenn Duker’s Blog, Reasons Why You Should Go On A Mission Trip.

Reasons Why You Should Go On a Mission Trip

Are you having trouble planning this year’s vacation? Instead of using your vacation days to plan a trip to the beach, you can use them to travel to a new country and help people in need on a mission trip.  A mission trip takes a group on a journey to help less fortunate areas and provide them with materials, labor, and faith. The activities on mission trips can vary from building an orphanage to feeding the impoverished to just spending time with a family. This is what you can expect to experience while on your mission trip:

Togetherness

A group on either a short-term or long-term mission trip can experience many different things. Whether it’s building a house, playing games, or traveling, everything is done together. It builds a community within this mission group and bonds them not only to each other but to the community in which they are helping.

Broaden Perspectives

Reading a newspaper every day can keep you updated on what is going on in the world, but a mission trip helps you experience what is really happening. Reading that kids in Central America don’t have anywhere to live doesn’t quite hit you until you visit the poverty-stricken town. You can begin to understand that it isn’t just a newspaper article or a commercial asking to give 50 cents a month. It is a town like your own, struggling in this world, needing help that you can provide.

Challenging Comfort Zones

Mission trips will demand a lot from you, from getting up the courage to leave your home for weeks at a time to build a house for homeless orphans. The extent of the trip can be challenging. You will be experiencing new cultures, new skills, and new people every day of your trip. Your mission trip will certainly push you out of your comfort zone in several ways. It can also bring a new demand to your faith that is practiced outside the walls of your church. Your spirituality can be brought forth by your actions in the real world and not just be confined to sermons every Sunday.

Empowerment

Being able to share God’s faith is an empowering event. You can find many possibilities for the future and develop a passion for the work you have done. Not only can you find these things, but mission trips give you the ability to pursue them. Mission trips show the capabilities of people and the good they can provide in the world by delivering it with the help and the faith it needs.

To learn more about places where you can go on mission trips, read Glenn Duker’s blog, Where Should Your Next Mission Trip Be To.